Why does Lithium have the sybol Li and not just L?
Question #123300. Asked by brachypelma.
Last updated Apr 06 2023.
Originally posted Aug 27 2011 10:42 PM.
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doublemm 15 year member
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Though I'm not certain, I'd say that it was to distinguish it from the more well-known lead, which, although given the chemical symbol Pb (after the Latin plumbum), was often denoted by the letter L in lists of chemical elements, e.g. Dalton's symbols (Dalton was about before the modern periodic table).